MATT Lees played a true captain’s knock to help his Bomaderry side claim a first innings win over Nowra at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Lees was involved in a 138-run stand with Greg Wellington for the third wicket, which ensures Bomaderry surpassed Nowra’s first innings total of 191.
He hit 12 fours and five sixes before being dismissed just shy of a century for 94, while Wellington also got in on the act with five fours and five sixes in his knock of 75.
With few answers from the rest of his bowlers, Nowra skipper Jono Clack swapped his keeping gloves for the ball and came on to take 4/20 late in the piece, but not before Bomaderry reached a massive 9/293 declared.
A disastrous start to their second innings left Nowra in danger of an outright loss when they slumped to 3/0 in the first two overs.
Stu Jeffrey wreaked havoc on Nowra’s top order with a great spell of 5/21, while Matt Bell and Anthony Johnston joined the party with two wickets each.
Nowra did just manage to hold on to prevent an outright with the score at 9/43 when play was brought to a close.
While Bomaderry just missed out on tan outright win, both Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen and Ulladulla managed to take full points in their respective games.
Ex-Servos had already wrapped up the first innings last week in their clash with Bay and Basin at Sanctuary Point Oval and they proved just as dominant on day two.
With the exception of Brendan Hiriart (26) and Brad Miller (17) Basin offered little resistance in their second innings, but their total of 87 was an improvement on their first innings score of 61.
Most of the Ex-Servos bowlers enjoyed some success, but it was Rodney Owen who did the most damage with 5/22.
Ulladulla also went into day two with first innings points in the bag in their clash with Batemans Bay at Ulladulla Sports Park.
In the search for quick runs it was Craig Smith who top scored with 55 not out to help Ulladulla build on their first innings lead before declaring at 4/142.
The target proved to be more than enough for the Bay, who could only manage 78 in their second dig.
Dale Jarrett has the best bowling figures with 3/11 as Ulladulla wrapped up a comfortable outright victory.
Things played out a little bit differently over at Bernie Regan, where North Nowra-Cambewarra held on for a draw to share the points with Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.
After losing an early wicket, North’s batsmen Alan Muggleton (30) and Sam Austin (28) frustrated the Berry bowlers with their defensive shot selection.
Dave Goodwin (27) and Bob Ducie (21) spent plenty of time in the middle as the home side looked to bat out the day.
While Berry’s first innings total of 242 was never in any danger, they were unable to come up with the wickets to take the points.
Matt Florence (4/23) and Tom Gibbs (3/9) did their best for Berry, but the home side managed to stay strong at 8/148 and hold on for the draw.